Motorists warned of road closures ahead of Parliament's opening

Friday, February 6, 2009

Parliament - Motorists in Cape Town have been warned that many of the roads surrounding Parliament will be closed between 9am and 2pm on Friday, as Parliament opens with the State of the Nation Address.

Between 9.30am and 11am the following roads will be closed:

* Klipper Road, Newlands: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue
* Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands: from Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue
* Newlands Avenue, Newlands: from Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue
* Dean Street, Newlands, westbound: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue
* M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive, City-bound carriageway: from Newlands Avenue to city centre
* Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, westbound: between Main Road (M4) and Rhodes Drive (M3)
* N2, Settlers Way City-bound carriageway: from Main Road (M4) to city centre
* Eastern Boulevard (M3) city-bound: from Hospital Bend to Table Bay Boulevard (including all on-ramps)

The following roads will be closed until 12:30am:

* Hertzog Boulevard: from Civic Road to Heerengracht
* Eastern Boulevard: Strand Street off-ramp
* Strand Street: from Russell Street to Adderley Street
* Adderley Street: from Heerengracht to Wale Street
* Heerengracht: between Coen Steytler and Hans Strijdom Avenues
* Wale Street: between Queen Victoria and Adderley Streets
* Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Streets
* Spin Street: between Corporation and Parliament Streets
* Commercial Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

The following roads will be closed until 2pm:

* Plein Street: between Roeland and Spin Streets
* Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets
* St John's Road: between Plein and Vrede Street
* Gallery Lane

The City of Cape Town said parking restrictions would be enforced from midnight on Thursday in the Central Business District (CBD).

President Kgalema Motlanthe's State of the Nation Address (SONA) to a joint sitting of Parliament will take place under the theme "Parliament entrenching people-centred democracy in achieving development goals".

The president's address is scheduled to begin at 11:00 on Friday and despite setting out government's POA for the year ahead, Mr Motlanthe will also review the last five years of governance.

The address will be broadcast live on big public screens in all nine provinces, and parliamentary members will also be lined up to be interviewed on the day.

On Sunday President Motlanthe, as is tradition, is scheduled to attend the 10am church service at Groote Kerk.

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